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2.5 months in and LOVING the journey - also, hat question!

dustin.franklyn
@dustinfranklyn
7 months ago
6 posts

Whuddup! This is my first post here, everyone seems awesome and super helpful!
I'm 2.5 months in and so happy with my dreadiess. 

SO - I'm knitting a big 'ol hat to wear them up in to sleep. It's "Super Bulky" acrylic yarn.
Half way through the project I had thought that the tons of little fuzzies all over the yarn
may not be good for dreads somehow?
I added a picture of what I'm talking about

Might be a dumb question, but I'm a noob and it's a concern.
Anyone have any experience or insight? Much love !!emoji!!2!!emoji!!

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!!emoji!!1!!emoji!! soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
7 months ago
28,958 posts

how were the dreads started? but yu don't want anything on your head to sleep

and yes that might leave a lot of lint




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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
dustin.franklyn
@dustinfranklyn
7 months ago
6 posts

!!emoji!!1!!emoji!! soaring eagle ॐ:

how were the dreads started? but yu don't want anything on your head to sleep

and yes that might leave a lot of lint

Backcombed and crocheted.
Huh, I've heard so many different things but 
as you are someone that's had them for 27 years I 
guess I'll take it from you  

!!emoji!!1!!emoji!! soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
7 months ago
28,958 posts

 crochet was a mistake but they don't look as bad as most crocheted dreads you might have lucked out there! just never crochet them again its extremely damaging.  typically 1 use delays dreading by 6 months nd takes 3 years to recover..but yours don't look excessively tight and stiff so don't think you'll have that issue




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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
dustin.franklyn
@dustinfranklyn
7 months ago
6 posts

I should have clarified, it was a latch hook, not a traditional crochet hook, don't know if that makes a difference. 
But yeah, they're dense from starting to lock up, but not stiff by any means.
Another thing that everyone I read/talk to has a different opinion about, WASHING.
2 months in how often should I be washing them? 
The woman that did them for me told me once a month so that's what I've been doing.

Bazooka Guru
@bazooka-guru
7 months ago
161 posts
Mine get in my way when I sleep because I'm still nursing my baby and she's so grabby. I got something they called a dread sock, but basically it's like a cotton tee shirt sleeve really. I only use it when the baby is in bed with me, and it's lint free.!!emoji!!26!!emoji!!

Also, I wash 2x a week and do a cold rinse every morning. It's super refreshing.

Nice dreadies!
Bazooka Guru
@bazooka-guru
7 months ago
161 posts
Oh... this is the "dread sock" lol.
!!emoji!!1!!emoji!! soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
7 months ago
28,958 posts

yikes see they don't know what they are talking about was the hook used to pull the whole dread through the roots? 

your hair needs to be washed a minimum of weekly, every 3-4 days is even better 

the more you wash the faster they lock.

what are you washing with? did she use any products (especially wax) 




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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
!!emoji!!1!!emoji!! soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
7 months ago
28,958 posts

just cut the sleeve off a t shirt but  the more they are free the better

i cut all the sleeves off all my shirts when its hot out the sleeves then keep my dreads up off my neck a little




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27 years growing dreadlocks the natural way
My dreads are over 10 feet long

also on the board of, and a student glider pilot with freedoms wings international - soaring for people with disabilities
dustin.franklyn
@dustinfranklyn
7 months ago
6 posts

Appreciate the tips Bazooka, and I'll have to check it out! 

Okay, wow, good to know.
No, just using it to gather loose hairs and make like a net" around the backcombed baby dread
I've been using a bar of unscented African black soap.

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